Working aboard a cruise ship or a luxury yacht sounds like many people’s idea of a dream job. If you ever caught an episode of Bravo’s Below Deck, you may have wondered just what you need to do to land such a job.
Those working as deckhands on these vessels have to have a variety of skills. Not only must they be able to swim, on many yachts, but they also have to be certified as scuba divers in order to take the passengers on diving excursions.
But that is not all of their skill sets. Most deckhands need to know their way around a boat and be able to do minor engine repairs. They will also be responsible for the vessel’s upkeep, and that includes varnishing decks and painting the hull.
Those working as stewards or cabin attendants will essentially be a combination of maid and waitress, perhaps with a side of kitchen prep duties depending on the size of the yacht and the number of the crew members.
Typically, those working on cruise liners and yachts will also have to take and pass a basic maritime safety training course and exam.
The vessel’s engineer must be experienced in fixing all sorts of mechanical engines in AC units, diesel engines, jet skis, refrigerators and generators. They will also need a good working knowledge of plumbing and electrical repairs and understand how to six any broken navigational equipment.
If all still sounds good, you should know that you will be living in tight quarters with other crew members for extended periods of time while at sea.
But there are also some safety considerations, too. Remember that if you get injured on the job, you could be hundreds of miles from land and any hospital setting. The maritime laws regarding injuries at sea are very different from typical land-based workers’ compensation. If you get injured, you may need an experienced maritime attorney to help you file your claim for damages.